The formative and educational years of a
student’s life have an immense influence on the years that follow. College
students are at the brink of experiencing new things while barely reaching
adulthood. They are exposed to a world that is unique and different from the
restricted one in high school. They also get freedom, which while being
desirable is also pretty scary. All of these factors contribute to pressure,
which in turn affects the psychology of college students. In their young
budding years, students’ transition from young adults to proper adults takes
place; they have both responsibility and freedom. They are targeted by society
and burdened with expectations which affects their mental health, making them
prone to various unfortunate issues. Some such issues are listed below:
According to recent studies, one in five college
students suffer from some sort of recurring feelings of self-loathing and
immense sadness. This may be the result of unhealthy amounts of stress and
anxiety. This may also be the result of failing to fit into groups and not
making friends. Plus, the slew of comparisons facilitated by Instagram has only
made this worse. Not only do college students compare themselves with others on
the basis of their looks and physical appearance, but they compare social
status and materialistic possessions as well. All of these have a severe effect
on the mental health of students. If not kept in check, feelings of depression
can become increasingly intense and can lead to suicidal thoughts. That is why
students are recommended to talk to people who are their well-wishers and share
their grievances with them. Talking and sharing are not only ways to unload your
mind, but they are also a form of self-therapy.
and Anxiety: Rigorous college curriculum brings
along with it a huge amount of stress. But academics is not the only
contributing factor; constant worry over career choices and the struggle to fit
in can pile up on them. Many people are also unhappy and unsatisfied with the
colleges they end up in. This can turn the brightest of students into dull,
underperforming ones. It also affects them physically, making them lose their
appetite and disturbing their sleep cycle. Add depression and suicidal thoughts
to this mess and you have a deadly cocktail of sorrow.
Addiction: All the stress, anxiety and suicidal thoughts add up to exorbitant
levels. To cope up with it, many of the students resort to unhealthy methods.
Combined with the wrong company, they can get exposed to cigarettes, alcohol
and marijuana. This can lead to complications in their lives, affecting them
both physically and emotionally. It can also lead to extreme weakness and can
affect their bodies in ways that cannot be reversed. Thus, they spiral further
into an abyss of substance abuse and suicidal thoughts. All this seriously
worsens the mental health of students.
Disorders: Substance abuse is not the only form of
harmful coping mechanism that students have.
They also binge and overindulge in food, especially the fatty and sugary
kind. This has an adverse effect on their physical appearance and overall
health. As a result, when they compare themselves to their peers, it only makes
them more miserable.
Students are at a very sensitive and
impressionable age in college. This is why they must navigate this phase of their
lives carefully to keep their sanity and stature. They must also be encouraged
to ask for professional care if needed. The mental health of students is in
general quite fragile and even the smallest hint of any mental disorder should
not be overlooked under any circumstances.